Judges 14

ECB(i) 1
THE MARRIAGE OF SHIMSHON
And Shimshon descends to Timnah; and sees a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Peleshethiy: 2 and he ascends and tells his father and his mother and says, I saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Peleshethiy; and now take her for me to woman. 3 And his father and his mother say to him, Is there not a woman among the daughters of your brothers or among all my people - that you go to take a woman of the uncircumcised Peleshethiy? And Shimshon says to his father, Take her for me; for she is straight in my eyes. 4 - and his father and his mother know not that it is of Yah Veh to seek an occasion against the Peleshethiy: at that time the Peleshethiy reign over Yisra El. 5 Then Shimshon and his father and his mother descend to Timnah and come to the vineyards of Timnah: and behold, a whelp of the lionesses roars in to meet him: 6 and the Spirit of Yah Veh prospers over him; and he cleaves him as he cleaves a kid with naught in his hand: but he tells not his father or his mother what he worked. 7 - and he descends and words with the woman; and she is straight in the eyes of Shimshon. 8 And after many days he returns to take her; and he turns aside to see the ruin of the lion: and behold, a witness of bees and honey in the body of the lion: 9 and he crumbles thereof in his palms and in walking, walks on eating and goes to his father and mother; and he gives them and they eat: but he tells them not that he crumbled the honey from the body of the lion. 10 And his father descends to the woman: and Shimshon works a banquet there; for thus the youths worked. 11 And so be it, when they see him, they take thirty companions to be with him. 11 And three thousand men of Yah Hudah descend to the cleft of the rock Etam; and say to Shimshon, Know you not that the Peleshethiy are sovereigns over us? What work you to us? And he says to them, As they work to me, thus I work to them. 12 And Shimshon says to them, I now propound a riddle to you: if in telling, you tell me within the seven days of the banquet and find it out, I give you thirty wraps and thirty changes of clothes: 12 And they say to him, We descend to bind you, to give you into the hand of the Peleshethiy. And Shimshon says to them, Oath to me, that you yourselves not encounter me. 13 and if you cannot tell me, you give me thirty wraps and thirty change of clothes. And they say to him, Propound your riddle, so that we hear it. 13 And they say to him, saying, No; but in binding, we bind you and give you into their hand: but in killing, we kill you not. - and they bind him with two new ropes and ascend him from the rock. 14 And he says to them, From the eater goes food and from the strong goes sweetness. - and they cannot in three days tell the riddle. 15 And so be it, on the seventh day, they say to the woman of Shimshon, Entice your man to tell to us the riddle; lest we burn you and the house of your father with fire. Have you called for us to dispossess us? Is it not so? 16 And the woman of Shimshon weeps in front of him and says, You hate me and love me not: you propound a riddle to the sons of my people and tell me not. And he says to her, Behold, I tell neither my father nor my mother - and tell I you? 17 And she weeps in front of him the seven days, while their banquet becomes: and so be it, on the seventh day, because she oppresses him, he tells her; and she tells the riddle to the sons of her people. 18 And the men of the city say to him on the seventh day ere the sun goes, What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion? And he says to them, Unless you had plowed with my heifer, you had not found out my riddle. 19 And the Spirit of Yah Veh prospers over him; and he descends to Ashqelon and smites thirty of their men; and takes their clothes and gives the changes to them who tell the riddle. And he kindles his wrath and he ascends to the house of his father. 20 But the woman of Shimshon becomes to his companion whom he befriended.